Crisis Assistance Ministry

Crisis Assistance Ministry is Mecklenburg County's Lead Agency offering emergency assistance to impoverished families.

What We Do

Specifically, Crisis Assistance Ministry helps families facing financial crisis by:

  • Providing for basic needs with rent and utility assistance, clothing, household goods, furniture and appliances.
  • Fostering financial stability through partnerships, counseling, and support to give families the tools they need to move toward stability.
  • Educating the community about the realities of poverty in Mecklenburg County.

Community Support

Our ability to help Charlotte's working poor is the direct result of community support. Crisis Assistance Ministry is a unique partnership that uses a combination of public and private dollars to provide emergency financial assistance in the form of payment directly to rent and utility vendors. More than 94% of every dollar we receive goes directly to programs.

Caring community members contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours annually and donate thousands of clothing and furniture items to support families living in poverty. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups, both youth and adult. We invite you to use your talents, gifts, and resources to help our neighbors overcome poverty and move toward financial stability.

Visit Crisis Assistance Ministry online at or to learn more about preventing homelessness and preserving dignity.